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The Briefing 10-20-14

1) Houston subpoena threat to religious liberty persists despite revision of subpoena language

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Letters to a new believer

GM : The one thing that I find myself coming back to time and time again is the foundation for my assurance. In fact, as a pastor, I think the one question that I heard asked to me more than any other was, “Pastor, how can I know for sure that I’m saved?” Sometimes we put it this way, “How can I know that I know that I know that I know, how can I really know for certain?”  The thing that I keep coming back to and really encourage people is the doctrine of justification. I define justification very simply: what is my sin has become his. And in turn what is his righteousness full and complete has become mine. My sins have been given to him, he’s taken them on himself, paid the price, and they’re no longer mine. And in turn, he has given me his righteousness. I keep coming back to that not only in the chapter on justification but in the chapters on sanctification and assurance. Several times I reference the Apostle Paul and his own testimony there in Romans 7. As I understand it, this is the mature Apostle Paul, not the brand new believer on the Damascus Road. And even the Apostle Paul cries out, “O, the things that I should be doing I don’t do, the things that I shouldn’t do I do.

3 EQUIP, Christian Articles, Bible Answer Man | CRI

When do we receive our resurrected bodies? This is a question I encountered frequently after the death of my father. Family members and friends wanted to know whether my dad had become a disembodied soul or whether he received his resurrection body the moment he died. First, Scripture clearly refers to the moment of death […]

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Grace to You

Paul knew all too well from his own experience that the believer’s body is a battleground. In his spiritual autobiography he wrote, “I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wishes to do good. For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?” (Rom. 7:21-24).

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Marriage on the Edge of Eternity

Eternity changes how we enjoy marriage and everything else in this life. Eternity changes how we love. It would be unloving to get my wife and kids so focused on this life that they are unprepared for the next. Some Christians emphasize marriage so much that it might lead some to believe the goal of Christianity is to have a happy marriage, and God becomes a means to that end. I hear many Christians thank God for their families more than they thank him for the cross. Obviously God wants us to love our families, but let’s be careful.

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Grace to You

Every divine precept is "right." It shows you the path that is right and true. What a wonderful confidence that is! While many around you may be discouraged or despondent because of their lack of direction and purpose, God's Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Ps. 119:105). It guides you through the difficult mazes of life and gives your life eternal significance. Don't live simply for your own pleasures. Your life has a high and holy purpose, and each day can be filled with joy as you see that purpose unfold.

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4 Things That Happen When You Study Leviticus More Than 10 Years

About two years into my studies, something new began to happen to me in church. Whenever we sang a song that mentioned sacrifice, or atonement, or the Lord ransoming us from our sin, I struggled to make it through without crying. None of these ideas was new to me; I had been going to church all my life. But Leviticus helped me to see with even greater clarity how far the Lord has gone—in his love for guilty sinners like me—to provide a way of forgiveness.

8 The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily

The Poached Egg Apologetics Daily, by Greg West: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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Expositors Summit

Preaching is not an advisory role based in religious expertise but a prophetic function whereby God speaks to his people. For this reason the Expositors Summit is designed to strengthen and instruct preachers and students for the glorious task of expository ministry. You’re invited to join R. Albert Mohler Jr., John MacArthur and H.B. Charles Jr. for the explication of God’s Word and gospel fellowship.

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

The controversy started when Mayor Parker, often described as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, led the effort to adopt an anti-discrimination law that, among other things, allows transgender persons to file a complaint and bring charges if they are denied access to a bathroom. Several Houston-area pastors were involved in an effort to rescind the ordinance. They participated in a petition drive that would have put the question before voters, mobilizing their congregations on the issue. They were able to get more than the required number of signatures on the petition, but the city attorney ruled many of the signatures invalid due to technicalities. The city attorney intervened after the appropriate city official had already certified the petitions as adequate. This set the stage for the lawsuit, and the lawsuit set the stage for the subpoenas.

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The World's Greatest Fears, Mapped by Country

By region, people in the Middle East saw religious and ethnic hatred as their biggest threat; European and U.S. respondents saw the gap between the rich and poor as theirs; pollution and environmental issues caused the most dread in Asia; Latin America mostly feared nuclear weapons; and Africans saw AIDS and other diseases as their greatest danger.

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Burning Questions

Episode 1: Is There a God? Perhaps the biggest burning question of them all is this one: Are we alone in a meaningless, purposeless universe or is there some kind of creator – some kind of higher power out there? That’s a hotly debated question. On the one hand, our culture has recently seen a resurgent atheism whose advocates tell us that anyone who even professes belief in a deity is simply insane and irrational. Yet for all of that, belief in God seems alive and well. Over 90% of people in the world say they do believe in a higher power. The question simply will not go away: Is there a God?

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Resolute Collegiate Conference

Jesus deploys His disciples on a global mission. In fact, central to the mission is a call to discipleship. The objective is to make disciples of all peoples teaching them to obey all that Jesus had commanded (Matthew 28:19-20). The question is: does your life include a passion for discipleship? Does your life mirror Paul’s when he says, “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1)? Paul was a man eager to follow Jesus and, in turn, to disciple others and you also are called by God and commissioned by Jesus to this great work of discipleship.

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The Bible Tells Me So

(1) First, an observation about ethics. Enns goes to great lengths to highlight the moral reprehensibility of the Canaanite conquest (and I mean great lengths). But what ethical standard is he appealing to as he makes his case? On what basis is he calling this conquest morally reprehensible? Later, Enns argues that you can’t use the Bible as an “instruction manual” (134) or a “rule book” (repeated ad infinitum ) on how to live life since it contains contradictory moral commands about all sorts of things. The Bible isn’t designed to “tell me what to do” (135) because it is “so utterly disinterested in giving straight answers” (135). If so, then Enns finds himself in a dilemma. He either claims to get his moral norms from some other source (what is this mysterious source?), or he must claim to get them from Scripture. But if he gets them from Scripture, one might wonder why all his statements about how Scripture is unclear about ethical norms don’t apply to him too. I suppose Enns could say he doesn’t need to justify why “genocide” is wrong—it’s just obvious to everyone (which is also Dawkins’s argument).

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The Mid-Degree Crisis and the Value of Work During Seminary

Fourth, work during seminary can shape our theology of vocation by revealing both the contexts of many of our congregants and the value of the work itself. Regardless of the job, seminarians will be exposed to a variety of lifestyle patterns they will encounter throughout their careers. Also, in their work itself, they can serve their community and promote human flourishing. Dan, for example, could sell a phone that allows someone to call 911 in an emergency or have a last conversation with a loved one. The work itself is good and contributes to a dynamic community.

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Live Webinar Series

Through this free webinar series, you will hear industry leaders discuss the answers to these questions and you will have an actionable game plan for preparing your student for adulthood.

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City threatens to arrest ministers who refuse to perform same-sex weddings

Two Christian ministers who own an Idaho wedding chapel were told they had to either perform same-sex weddings or face jail time and up to a $1,000 fine, according to a lawsuit filed Friday in federal court.

18 The Pastors.com Daily

The Pastors.com Daily, by Pastors.com: updated automatically with a curated selection of articles, blog posts, videos and photos.

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What Is Best and Worst About U2 Comes Together in Bono’s Favorite Pose

For three and a half decades, U2 has created a remarkable string of pop hits and best-selling albums, reinventing themselves more than once and trying new things again and again. But, perhaps inevitably for a band so big, they have come to seem out of touch: They appear to have sincerely believed that digitally injecting their new album into every iTunes in the world would be a welcome gift from a benevolent group of artists, rather than a creepy reminder that we’ve largely ceded control of our personal devices to the whims of corporate synergy .

20 Practical Helps for Bible Reading

In this short excerpt , Ben gives three practical helps to make room in our lives and hearts to meet God in his word. It’s the most important thing you can learn to do.

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2014 Conference Schedule, Topics, and Bios - 2014 Online Apologetics Conference

Judy Salisbury founded Logos Presentations in 1994 with the purpose of teaching ministry leaders and laypersons effective communication and presentation skills. She also helps equip Christians to share the Gospel more effectively and to help believers grow in their faith. Judy speaks nationally on a wide variety of topics from Christian apologetics to Christian living for women’s retreats, special events, youth rallies, conferences and general assemblies.  She is the author of several works including A Time to Speak, Reasons for Faith and The Conversation. She is a contributing author for Is Your Church Ready (co-edited by Dr. Norman Geisler and Ravi Zacharias). In addition, Judy is the creator of a unique compact disc series entitled Divine Appointments. Her new book, More Than Devotion: Remembering His Word, Applying it to Our Lives, is set for release in the spring of 2015. For more information, please visit: www.JudySalisbury.com .

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Physics professor tells students scientific evidence points to a ‘designer'

“The prediction of general relativity is that the Big Bang itself is the origin of everything we know: space, time, matter and energy,” Strauss said during his talk to Dallas college students last year. “So the Big Bang is kind of a misnomer. A Big Bang brings up the idea that something exploded, but the Big Bang itself is not an explosion … it’s the origin of everything we know in this universe.”

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Ebola Fear: Maine Teacher Placed on Leave After Traveling to Dallas - NBC News

Parents in Maine demanded that teacher be removed from school after she traveled to Dallas, even though she had no contact with anyone associated with the Ebola outbreak. WCSH's Vivien Leigh reports.

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Ban PowerPoint!

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Just Add Water . Chris Bonham

One of my challenges that I have worked really hard to overcome is about being critical of others. Now, if someone is doing something destructive or harmful, I am going to call it out. Yet, most of the time, people do stuff with good intentions, but it just doesn’t work out they way it was expected to turn out. When I was younger, I would be critical and judge the person’s intentions and heart attitude. As I matured, I realized that I cannot judge a person’s heart. I cannot give an accounting for someone else’s attitude or approach to a situation. They have to own their own thoughts, behaviors and attitudes. I can model, coach and influence but in the end, it is their journey.

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It's Your Call

Discover God’s calling for your life ... Few spiritual concepts have fascinated and confused people more than understanding God’s calling for their life. Is it primarily about a job or a role? It is precise or general? Is a calling only reserved for those who work in professional ministry? The truth is actually amazingly profound: What we are supposed to do is what we most want to do. This is a guide for discovering God’s design and destiny for your life. Drawing from over 20 years of experience in ministry, Gary Barkalow shares how you can: Live alert and oriented to the voice and choreography of God. Discover and interpret the voice of your own story. Discern the strategic assault against your calling. Recognize God’s intentional training in your life’s journey. Most of all, you’ll be inspired to let the glory of your life touch the world around you.

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Sermons Are “Fair Game” in Houston — The Real Warning in the Subpoena Scandal

The controversy started when Mayor Parker, often described as the first openly gay mayor of a major American city, led the effort to adopt an anti-discrimination law that, among other things, allows transgender persons to file a complaint and bring charges if they are denied access to a bathroom. Several Houston-area pastors were involved in an effort to rescind the ordinance. They participated in a petition drive that would have put the question before voters, mobilizing their congregations on the issue. They were able to get more than the required number of signatures on the petition, but the city attorney ruled many of the signatures invalid due to technicalities. The city attorney intervened after the appropriate city official had already certified the petitions as adequate. This set the stage for the lawsuit, and the lawsuit set the stage for the subpoenas.

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Innovative Apologetics: Defeating Relativism and Exposing Self-referential Sentences

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How Jesus Became God in the Flesh - Apologetics Book: What Bart Ehrman Doesn't Understand: The Resurrection of Christ

What I think we can say with some confidence is that Jesus actually did die, he probably was buried, and that some of his disciples (all of them? some of them?) claimed to have seen him alive afterward. Among those who made this claim, interestingly enough, was Jesus’ own brother James, who came to believe in Jesus and soon thereafter became one of the principle leaders of the early Christian church (Bart Ehrman).

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The Pastor’s Wife Effect

Stumbo wisely begins with the simple answer found in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” She goes on to list various reasons a pastor’s wife might fall into temptation and concludes: “They are not holier, they do not hold a higher place of communion with God, and they will mess up. Life is messy; we are all broken people; we all desperately need God.”

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Ligonier.org

SN: I can name three. The first would be to not read it. Why cut yourself off from the riches of the past? The second concerns reading history with judgmental and dismissive attitudes. We can easily do this because we tend to think so highly of our own age, and we tend to be unaware of our own blind spots. The counter is to read church history with humility, not hubris. Third, we need to avoid “hagiography.” Our church history figures don’t need halos. The Scripture writers show the faults and flaws of the biblical figures. There is only one who ranks as the true hero: Christ. We can be so thankful for leaders from church history who so clearly and persuasively point us to Christ. But we must ultimately look to the One to whom they are pointing and not to them.

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Mike Huckabee Asks Pastors Across the US to Send Sermons, Bibles to Houston Mayor

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said pastors from across the United States should send "thousands and thousands" of Bibles and sermons to the Houston mayor who demanded pastors turn over their sermons to the government due to their objection to an LGBT discrimination city ordinance.

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You Need a More Ordinary Jesus

I’m not talking about “What Would Jesus Do.” The doctrine of union with Christ , a major theme throughout the New Testament, is much deeper. In a nutshell, it tells us that we are one with Christ, like a husband and wife are one flesh. Christ lives in us, and we live in him. What’s ours is his, and what’s his is ours. The Son of God joined himself to humanity so that we might be joined to his divinity. But this doctrine doesn’t simply describe an association; it tells us that we actually participate in Christ’s life. We go where he goes—from the Cross to the grave to new life and the heavenly places. Our lives take on the very quality of his.

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How Should Pastors Deal with Politics in the Pulpit? - Prince on Preaching

In the video below, Drs. Prince and Moore discuss how to properly deal with controversial issues and politics in the pulpit.

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An Interview on Early Christian Martyr Stories

And there’s lots of counter-evidence that Moss doesn’t include. Like, “The Christians want to collect Polycarp’s remains. Look! That’s third century relic veneration! This text must be from that later time period!” Wait a minute, why does it have to be third century? It doesn’t. Christians and Jews always wanted to bury their people in every century. We see it right at the beginning with the effort to bury the body of Jesus in a rich man’s tomb. Actually, honorable burial was a big deal to everybody in Roman times. There is first century legislation that says you should give a condemned criminal’s body to his relatives after he’s been killed in the coliseum. This was the normal practice, the Romans made laws about it. What the Martyrdom of Polycarp says about collecting the martyr’s body is perfectly consistent with the date that the text claims to be written, in the mid-second century. In fact, there’s definitive archaeological proof that Peter had a monument over his presumed grave at that exact time. So it’s no big deal if Polycarp would have a respectable tomb as well.

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Innovative Apologetics: Refuting Peter Boghossian and the New Atheist's Comparisons of Zeus, the Easter Bunny and Jesus

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Engaged Philosophy

gives faculty and students tools to implement activist or service projects in philosophy classes—assignment guidelines, sample projects, and testimonials and data supporting civic engagement results. We welcome contributions from other philosophers involved in this work.

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7 Bible Verses That Will Help When Dealing With Disappointment

Disappointment usually leads to discouragement and through time it gets hard to get past. When we become discouraged, we turn into another person. This is not the person God desired us to be. God wants us to be happy and love all people around us. When you feel disappointed, just know that there are others who may be dealing with an even worse situation. Consider this a blessing, and use it to learn from in the future.

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Renewing Your Mind | The Puritans in New England | October 20, 2014

When the Puritans came to the new world, they had no intention of establishing a new religion. What they did want to do, however, was bring their old world religious ideal into reality. Despite the inherent difficulties in their new environment, the Puritans found some measure of early success. But as time passed, internal challenges added to the external. In this message, Dr. Godfrey summarizes the religious foundations of the American colonies, looking especially at the Puritans’ desire to maintain a pure church.

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Christian Couple Loses Septuplets After Rejecting Selective Reduction; Believes Testimony Will Point People to Jesus Christ

A North Carolina couple is clinging to their faith after losing a set of septuplets and say that they would do nothing differently and not choose selective reduction in order to "save" the pregnancy.

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Leaders of Integrity Awards

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Physicist Michael Strauss discusses Christianity and science at Stanford University

I received tenure in 2001 and was promoted to the rank of Professor in the summer of 2010. Most of the time at OU I have taught introductory physics classes to physics majors, engineers, and life science majors. In these classes I have used a number of interactive techniques to facilitate student participation and learning. I have been privileged to win a few awards for my teaching. In 1999, the Associated Students selected me as the Outstanding Professor in the College of Arts and Science, and in 2000 I was awarded the BP AMOCO Foundation Good Teaching Award. In 2002, I was given the Regents Award for Superior Teaching. I received the Carlisle Mabrey and Lurine Mabrey Presidential Professorship in 2006 which is given to “faculty members who excel in all their professional activities and who relate those activities to the students they teach and mentor.”

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Immigration Status: Beloved

I also faced profound confusion about who I was and where I belonged. I felt I didn’t belong anywhere—too American to return to Mexico, too foreign to belong in the States. Even though I tried to stay optimistic and dodge every insult fired at undocumented immigrants, I felt the effects. Guilt, shame, and depression all knocked on my door, and I welcomed them. I carried them around, believing I was somehow responsible for the “crime” I had committed at age 5. The accusations led me to fear my situation and future.

44 Can reincarnation and resurrection be reconciled? - Christian Research Institute

Finally, the Christian belief that there is only one way to God categorically demonstrates that resurrection and reincarnation can never be reconciled. As Christ Himself put it, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6, emphasis added). If Christ is truly God, His claim to be the only way has to be taken seriously. If, on the other hand, He is merely one more person in a pantheon of pretenders, His proclamations can be pushed aside easily. That is precisely why the resurrection is axiomatic to Christianity. Through His resurrection, Christ demonstrated that He does not stand in a line of peers with Buddha, Baha’u’llah, Krishna, or any other founder of a world religion. They died and are still dead, but Christ is risen.

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How Old Is the Universe?

A panel of top Christian astronomers then reviewed their video presentations. This resulted in this panel of experts issuing a formal statement summarizing their findings: “An Evaluation of Evidence for the Age of the Universe. John Ankerberg then invited Dr. Ross, Dr. Faulkner, and three selected members from this esteemed panel to his studio to record a second broadcast. In these sessions, the panel asked questions of the experts and discussed their positions.

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An Off-Duty Prison Guard Heroically Saves the Lives of 3 Teens From Burning Car Crash

He risked his own life and ran into the burning car to pull the three victims out. All of them survived, thanks to this brave man! Thank God he was in the right place at the right time.

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'People Deserve a Second Chance;' In Unusual Case of Forgiveness, Parents Give Son's Killer Home and Job

In an unusual case of forgiveness Thursday, the parents of a New Hampshire man who was shot dead in December 2011 lobbied to help free their son's killer from prison and offered to give him a home and a job on his release.

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Beheaded Journalist James Foley's Home Church Mark His 41st Birthday at Memorial

James Foley, who would have been 41 years old Saturday had he not been brutally beheaded by ISIS militants in August, was remembered at a memorial at his home church in Rochester, New Hampshire, which was also attended by Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

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At Least 70 ISIS Fighters Killed in Syria; US Drops Arms to Kurds to Defend Kobani

A Syrian opposition group said the bodies of at least 70 fighters from Islamic State have been dumped at a hospital in a northern Syrian town, not too far from the border town of Kobani, where the U.S. military Sunday dropped arms and supplies to Kurdish forces fighting ISIS to prevent its capture.

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Ebola Victims Amber Vinson and Thomas Duncan's Families Speak Out; Thank God for His Presence, Ask for Continued Prayers

The family then goes on to state that Vinson was "in no way careless prior to or after her exposure to Mr. Duncan. She has not and would not knowingly expose herself or anyone else. Suggestions that she ignored any of the physician and government-provided protocols recommended to her are patently untrue and hurtful. In the interest of Amber and our family, we have retained esteemed attorney Billy Martin to provide us with legal counsel during this unfortunate and troubling time. We thank everyone for their prayers and support."

51 Hannah Graham Case: Sergeant Finds Human Remains Scattered Across Creek, Says 'God Wanted Us to Find What We Found'
52 The Decline of Decline? Alarming Rate of Mainline Protestants Leaving Church May Be Slowing Down
53 Systematic Theology (Volume 2)
54 The Adorable Little Girl Has the Cutest and Surprised Reaction to Her New Toy! (VIDEO)
55 A Heartwarming Message to a Future Mom From People With Down Syndrome (VIDEO)
56 Michael Brown Protesters Bracing for No Indictment After Darren Wilson Claims Self Defense
57 This Guy Uses iOS 8's Autocomplete Feature to Write Lyrics to a Song (VIDEO)
58 Reason for Hope in the Ebola Outbreak
59 2 Dogs Are Being Called Guardian Angels After Saving a 76-Year-Old Woman That Fell And Couldn't Get Up
60 Man Turns an Australian Train Into a Dance Floor – Find Out Why! (VIDEO)
61 Wait Until You See What This Teen Does for the Homeless With His Birthday Gift – He is Truly an Inspiration!
62 Another Charming Visit From Marcel the Shell With Shoes On.
63 What is the Relation between Science and Religion | Reasonable Faith
64 Idaho Pastors Face Jail Time, Thousands in Fines for Not Performing Gay Weddings
65 One Chance
66 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: The Bible or the Qur’an: There's No Comparison
67 ISIS Security Official Claims Virgins Separated From Captured Women, Given as Award to Fighters
68 Sunday Quote!- Forgiveness in Islam and Christianity
69 Puppy-sized spider found in forest
70 How Do Palestinian Names Lend Credence to the Gospels?
71 Country Music Legend Records His Final Song About Alzheimer's Disease
72 Houston Officials Attempt to Clarify Their Controversial Sermon Subpoena
73 Vicar of Baghdad: 'Americans Have to Realize All of Their Intervention Has Totally Been Wasted'
74 Dr. Michael Egnor discusses the logical implications of atheism
75 Celebration Is a Spiritual Discipline
76 Will Idaho Pastors Be Forced to Conduct Same-Sex Weddings?
77 Fury
78 Was Driscoll's Board a Problem?
79 The Church and Women at Risk
80 Do Young Earth Creationists Advocate Appearance of Age?
81 Applying Scripture to Your Work
82 2015 The Gospel Coalition National Conference April 13-15, Orlando FL - Talks
83 Pastor Mark Driscoll's Resignation Prompts Some of Mars Hill Church's Former Leadership to Return
84 Floyd urges students to ‘complete the Great Commission’
85 WORLD | Idaho ministers ordered to perform gay weddings | Daniel James Devine | Oct. 20, 2014
86 #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Twitter Petition Supporting Houston Pastors Surpasses 10,000 Signatures
87 Faithful Thinkers: Dangers of Requiring Complete Knowledge
88 Ministers who own a chapel sue Idaho city after declining to marry same-sex couple - Religion News Service
89 Revolutionary Biology
90 The End of the Universe
91 The 'God's Not Dead' Sequel You've Always Wanted Is Finally Happening
92 God Does Exist: Applied Apologetics: How to Refute Islam at Its Base
93 WORLD | A little ray of all-American sunshine | Janie B. Cheaney | Oct. 20, 2014